Applications are now being accepted for the 2023 DFA CoLAB Accelerator program, which will begin in April and run through June. The 2023 program will focus on ag-tech and help bring new technologies to the Cooperative’s more than 11,500 family farm-owners.
“We know that new technologies and innovation are helping drive growth and efficiency on today’s farms,” says Matt Musselman, chief operating officer for DFA Farm Services. “Our goal with this program is to help identify and build relationships with those ag-tech companies that can really benefit our farm family-owners in solving problems and improving processes.”
DFA is looking for companies with ag-tech applications or technologies related to any portion of the dairy value chain, including but not limited to animal health, farm data management, herd health and management, supply chain optimization and sustainability. Some areas of particular interest include fintech related to agriculture, new technologies in animal health and innovations to help measure or reduce greenhouse gas emissions from cattle.
Key Features of DFA’s CoLAB Accelerator include:
- 90-day immersive program, with both in person and virtual elements from April to June 2023
- Access to top executives at DFA, with each startup having a team of DFA mentors relevant to their business area
- Educational sessions on a variety of topics important for startup growth, including finance, business development, distribution and supply chain, product development, brand building, sales, marketing and pricing to name a few
- Additional workshops that focus on areas such as leadership development and team building
The 2023 DFA CoLAB Accelerator program application is available here. The deadline for applications is Jan. 13, 2023. For additional information about DFA’s CoLAB Accelerator program, visit here.